JAPAN131-18A (HAM)

Japanese 1: Part A

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School of Arts
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Paper Description

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The Japanese 1 Part A beginner course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the Japanese language. This course introduces basic communication skills so that learners can use the language in particular cultural and societal contexts (e.g. greeting, self-introducing, shopping, ordering food and beverages, describing where things are, etc.).

Eligibility to enrol in Japanese 1: Part A

This course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese. If you have already acquired hiragana, katakana and some basic kanji characters, you are advised to enrol in JAPA132 (second semester). Students who are uncertain about the prerequisites should contact the Course Convener to discuss suitable course options.

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Paper Structure

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All four language skills, namely; reading, writing, speaking and listening will be practiced through the medium of modern Japanese grammar and vocabulary. The basic writing system of hiragana, katakana and about 30 kanji characters will be focused on. In Japanese classes, emphasis will be placed on developing students’ communication skills in both receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills in Japanese in order to build a competent and confident foundation at the beginner level.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • use the Japanese writing and sound system; including Hiragana, Katakana and 29 kanji characters
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  • use basic greetings and fillers in cultural and societal contexts:

    - greeting and leaving at different times in a day

    - greeting and self-introducing when meeting people for the first time

    - thanking and apologising

    - arriving and leaving home

    - showing appreciation when having meals

    - inviting

    - offering and accepting

    - suggesting

    - using language fillers for showing surprise and noticing details

    - using language fillers for agreeing and confirming

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  • use numbers for:

    - time (including duration of time and months of year)

    - age

    - school year

    - telephone numbers

    - student ID numbers

    - prices

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  • use some basic Japanese grammar:

    -present and past simple sentences (using copula and action verbs); affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences in special attention to the concept of using particles

    -telling habitual activities (present or past activities with using adverbs of frequency), future plans and past event

    • adding time referencing
    • adding locations

    -demonstrative pronouns

    -describing where things are

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  • use WH-questions:

    -asking about direct objects

    -asking time

    -asking prices

    -asking about locations

    -asking about possessions

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  • use particles

    - specifying topics

    - specifying nouns (places, directions, time, etc)

    - specifying objects

    - adding information

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Assessment

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The assignments, quizzes and tests (written and spoken) will take place in classes or workshops during the semester.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Written Assignment 1
15 Mar 2018
12:30 PM
4
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
2. Written Assignment 2
28 Mar 2018
12:30 PM
4
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
3. Written Assignment 3
1 May 2018
1:30 PM
12
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
4. Written Assignment 4
24 May 2018
1:30 PM
15
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
5. Vocabulary Quiz 1
4 May 2018
11:00 AM
5
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Vocabulary Quiz 2
25 May 2018
11:00 AM
5
  • In Class: In Lecture
7. Test 1
13 Apr 2018
11:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
8. Test 2
11 May 2018
11:00 AM
18
  • In Class: In Lecture
9. Test 3
1 Jun 2018
11:00 AM
22
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • In Class: In Workshop
10. Speaking Assessment
6 Jun 2018
7:00 AM
5
  • Other:
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Textbooks

(1) Main textbook

Banno, E., Ikeda, Y., Ohno, Y., Shinagawa, C., & Takashiki, K. (2011). Genki I: An integrated course in elementary Japanese (2nd ed.). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.

(2) Workbook

Banno, E., Ikeda, Y., Ohno, Y., Shinagawa, C., & Takashiki, K. (2011). Genki: An integrated course in elementary Japanese workbook I (2nd ed.). Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times.

The above books are available at Bennetts Campus Bookshop. Copies of these books are also available in the Library.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Moodle is used for class announcements, supplementary notes, important dates, the paper outline etc. so students will be required to check the Moodle site regularly.

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Workload

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The expected workload for this paper is 10-13 hours per week (3 hours of lectures + 1 hour of workshop + 1 hour of tutorial and approximately 5-8 hours of self-directed study including task completion, review and preparation for the lessons throughout the course).

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper contributes to the fundamental understanding of the culture, society and language of Japan. This paper forms the foundation for the JAPAN132 (Japanese 1: Part B) paper.

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Restricted papers: JAPA131

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